Museum Layout

The Oregon California and Eastern HO Layout is the featured element of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum.

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Statistics for the layout:

  • The HO gauge model railroad layout covers 5,500 square feet of floor space.
  • The layout has fifteen separate wiring systems.
  • The single main line is 1,244 feet long, which does not include sidings or branch lines. This converts into 20.53 HO scale miles.
  • The low point of the main line, Lakeview, and the staging yards are 48" from the floor. The highest main line elevation is the Quartz Mountain Summit at 98" above the floor. That calculates to a climb of 50" to the summit.
  • The staging yards, east bound and west bound, are both 42 feet long (usable track, not including yard ladders).
  • The Coastal branch, including Coos Bay track, is 109' long. The Sycan Branch is 95' long.
  • There are be hundreds of buildings, most of which have been scratch built.
  • There are thousands of hand made trees and scenery never before attempted on a model railroad.
  • The wharf area features ships that are fully operational “in the field”, along with a full-scale model of the 729 foot ore carrier, the Edmund Fitzgerald.
  • The layout can be configured to operate in an automatically “museum show” (docent) mode, and in an “operating session” mode.